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Guyanan Gambling Information

In November of 2006, President Bharrat Jagdeo announced that the government might enact legislation which would allow casino gambling. This was to be done in time for the Cricket World Cup Matches, which were scheduled to take place in March of 2007.

While the country was hoping to use the event to increase their tourism industry, it was also noted that only 4-star hotels with more than 250 rooms would be allowed to host casino gambling.

Church and social groups opposed the idea, citing moral reasons and concerns over a possible increase in crime.

In January of 2007, the government rushed an amendment through Parliament to legalize casino gambling in Guyana’s 10 administrative regions. But five months later, regulations for the operation of casinos were yet to be formulated, and a gaming authority to regulate casinos had yet to be established.

As of this writing, there is still no indication of casinos in Guyana.

Facts About Guyana

Located in South America, Guyana is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. The only English-speaking country in South America, it gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 and became a republic in 1970.

Guyana is broken up into 10 administrative regions. They are:

  • Brima-Waini
  • Pomeroon-Supenaam
  • Essequibo Islands
  • West Demerara
  • Demerara-Mahaica
  • Mahaica-Berbice
  • East Berbice-Corentyne
  • Cuyuni-Mazaruni
  • Potaro-Siparuni
  • Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo
  • Upper Demerara-Berbice

Many citizens of Guyana are descended from immigrants who came as indentured laborers or slaves. The population is made up people from China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. East Indians are the largest sub-group, making up over 40 percent of the population.

The official language of the country is English. Guyanese Creole is also widely spoken. Other languages include Creole, Hindustani, Akawaio, Wai-Wai, Arawak and Macushi.

Agriculture is the main economic activity of Guyana. This is followed by gold mining, shrimp fishing, logging and bauxite mining. The sugar industry is also very important.

Christians make up over 40 percent of the population, while Hinduism, Islam and the Baha’i Faith are also observed. Most Christians are Roman Catholics or Protestants.

Cricket is the major sport in Guyana, and the country was host to the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Other major sports include softball cricket and football (soccer). Lawn tennis, table tennis, boxing, basketball, netball and rounders are also popular.

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